Friday, January 17, 2020

Gudi Sambaralu - Seetha Rama Chandra Swamy Temple

Every year Parampara, promoted by Srinagi and Srimani, organise temple performances called Gudi Samabaralu. It's a wonderful concept and they rope in some fantastic performers and pick great venues. The Seetha Rama Chandra Swamy temple at Ammapally, Shamshabad is one such with a beautiful old temple and a grand venue outside for performances.
The Seetha Ram Chandra Swamy Temple, Shamshabad
Srimani sends an invite every year and I make plans to go and watch the performances - the venues are fascinating and viewing classical performances in such settings is a fine experience. This year I made up my mind to watch the performance at this venue - it's something I pass by every time I visit Choudary at his Shamshabad home - and so I set out with Shobhs, Ram and Ranjan.
The venue before the show
Lit up

Performance begins

While Shobhs and I went to the venue Ram and Ranjan occupied themselves with Choudary. The day's performances were by Pooja, Akanksha Reddy - disciples of Guru Deepika Reddy, ABHA by Punyah Dance Company and Bharatanatyam by Pashwanath Upadhye and Troupe.
A close up of the stage

Srimani was there - the gracious host - receiving everyone. The Governor of Telangana was expected so there was a lot of police.
The entire program - tomorrow's is a good one too!

We went into the temple because the program got slightly delayed. Then we saw a part of the program. It was beautiful. 

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